The New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities spread early holiday cheer this morning in Manchester, N.H., distributing over $100,000 to 24 non-profit organizations that assist underprivileged children throughout New England.

Representatives from each organization were on hand at Manchester City Hall to receive the grant money that will benefit 12,000 children in need. Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas and Jerry Gappens, executive vice president and general manager of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, also took part in the festivities.

Speedway Children’s Charities raised the money through numerous fundraising efforts during the LENOX Industrial Tools 301 and SYLVANIA 300 NASCAR weekends. Events included driver memorabilia auctions, the Ride of a Lifetime auction and a media lobster bake.

In addition to those events, SCC partnered with the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth and David’s House, a home-away-from-home for families receiving care at the hospital, to host the annual Governor’s Breakfast.  That event generated over $100,000 for CHaD and David’s House.

“This has been such a wonderful year for the New Hampshire Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities, raising significant funds for local charities,” Gappens said.  “Because of the tremendous efforts of many volunteers and the generous support of these events by corporate partners and the race fans, we are able to make a difference in the lives of many young people throughout the region.” 

SCC’s next fundraising event is a Jan. 22 snowmobile ride that will follow some of New Hampshire’s most scenic trails.  For more information, please visit

 The mission of Speedway Children’s Charities remains true to the ideals upon which the organization was founded in 1982: To care for children in educational, financial, social and medical need in order to help them lead productive lives. SCC provides funding for hundreds of non-profit organizations throughout the nation that meet the direct needs of children.  The organization’s vision is that every child has the same opportunities no matter what obstacle they are facing. Since its inception, Speedway Children’s Charities has raised over $30 million to benefit children in need.


Grant Recipients include:

 Camp Sunshine at Sebago Lake, Inc., Casco, Maine

The Children's Place and Parent Education Center, Concord, N.H.

New Hampshire Catholic Charities (dba NH Food Bank), Manchester, N.H.

The Home for Little Wanderers, Boston, Mass.

The Friends Program, Inc., Concord, N.H.

New England K-9 Search & Rescue, New London, N.H.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of NH, Manchester, N.H.

America's Youth Teenage Unemployment Reduction Network, (MY TURN) Inc., Nashua, N.H.

Concord Boys & Girls Club, Concord, N.H.

Field of Dreams Equestrian Center, Inc. Therapeutic Riding Program, Chichester, N.H.

City Year, Inc, Manchester, N.H.

Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps, Boston, Mass.

Wolfeboro Area Children's Center, Inc., Wolfeboro, N.H.

Lakes Region Community Services Council d/b/a Lakes Region Community Services, Laconia, N.H.

Northeast Passage, Durham, N.H.

On Belay, Inc., Durham, N.H.

Concord Family YMCA, Concord, N.H.

Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region, Laconia, N.H.

Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association, Gilford, N.H.

NFI North, Inc., Contoocook, N.H.

Hearts & Noses Hospital Clown Troupe, Needham, Mass.

Boys & Girls Club of Metro West, Inc., Marlborough, Mass.

YMCA of Greater Nashua, Merrimack, N.H.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Manchester Inc., Manchester, N.H.